Daniel Connal Partnership has overseen the development and construction of an exciting new activity centre at Gresham’s school in Holt.
The centrepiece of the activity centre which includes high ropes, low ropes and assault courses together with a mess room and bunkhouse, is the 25m high Bourdillon Tower, one of Britain’s tallest climbing towers.
DCP obtained planning permission and provided project management and quantity surveying services on the Gresham’s activity centre project which was built by Rope Course Construction Ltd. The scheme was initiated by the Trustees of the London Children’s Camp, a charity closely connected to Gresham’s whose primary function is to provide outward bounds holidays to the disadvantaged.
Located in woodland within the school campus and in North Norfolk’s designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the facility will not only enable the Charity to provide holidays at Gresham’s for the disadvantaged but also to provide opportunities for pupils and visitors to the school to learn outdoor pursuits skills and undertake physical activities in a wonderful woodland setting.
The climbing tower, which also provides access to the high ropes course and a 200 metre zip wire, is named after Old Greshamian mountaineer, Tom Bourdillon,
Bourdillon, was educated at Gresham’s and, but for a cruel twist of fate, might have been the first person to reach the summit of Everest. He was just 300 ft from a place in history, when his climbing partner’s breathing equipment failed and the pair were forced to turn back. Three days later Edmund Hillary & Sherpa Tensing Norgay conquered the mountain.
Robert Dale, senior partner with Daniel Connal Partnership,said; “This was an exciting project for us and in some ways an unusual one, but the challenges we experienced on this scheme, obtaining planning permission, statutory approvals and ensuring development was achieved on budget in a sensitive environment, were typical of many projects we manage.”
Douglas Robb, Headmaster of Gresham’s School said; “This is a fantastic facility and a welcome addition to the School which enables us to offer more for our pupils and visitors to the School alike. All our staff and pupils are really looking forward to making the most of it and we cannot wait to see it in full use.”